Smart Materials and 4D Printing

Even though 3D printing has been in the mix for over 30 years, only in recent times has it been made more affordable and user friendly enough for the consumer. I mean it was not breakthrough technology to combine standard printing software, which has been around for decades, with an extruder head to place molten plastic down versus ink.

The real technological work has been creating materials that change properties after being printed with 3D printers. Let’s call it 4D printing.

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